Who we are

The INCF network consists of countries, regions, organizations, and individual neuroscience researchers who collaborate to advance data reuse and reproducibility in global brain research.

The INCF network

INCF is an international non-profit organization devoted to advancing the field of neuroinformatics, which functions through its global network consisting of Governing and Associate Nodes. Representatives from the Nodes serve on our Governing Board, Council for Training, Science, and Infrastructure (CTSI), Training and Education Committee, and Infrastructure Committee.

The broader network includes regions, organizations, and individual researchers that participate in international neuroinformatics activities.

The INCF network is supported by the INCF Secretariat, located at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. The Secretariat is the central office of INCF and is responsible for coordinating the scientific, infrastructural, training and education activities of the network, supporting the Nodes, and conducting project management, outreach, communications, logistical and administrative activities.

INCF collaborates with organizations with complementary aims and scopes, such as FENS, IBRO, SfN, Kavli Foundation, and the Allen Brain Institute. We promote deliverables from the INCF community to a large number of journals and publishers through the Neuroscience Peer Review Consortium (NPRC), and our publication channel on the F1000 Research platform. We also outreach to international funding agencies and industry partners with the aim to leverage costs for our community and core activities.

How to join

Groups and individuals can participate in INCF activities on different levels. Countries or regions can join as a Governing Member with a Governing Node. This requires a financial contribution, as specified in the core documents: INCF Bylaws, Business Plan, and Understanding.

The INCF Governing Members set the agenda for global neuroinformatics - they have a direct impact on decision making related to future developments in international neuroinformatics initiatives through representation on the INCF Governing Board. Together with the CTSI, the Board defines priorities and target areas for global neuroinformatics and shapes INCF initiatives related to standards, interoperability, datasharing and infrastructure for neuroscience, and takes an active role in defining international neuroinformatics training.

Countries or regions that have temporarily lapsed in funding may participate in the INCF Network for defined periods as Associate Nodes, following approval by the INCF Governing Board.

Individuals are welcome to join the community online and in person at events that we organize or participate in.

Please contact Head of Development and Communications Helena Ledmyr if you have questions regarding the organization or the process to join INCF.